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Pre 1900 poetry; Comparison of Ozymandias and Song

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Pre 1900 poetry - First Draft In the Victorian era society's view on death was very different than it is today in this essay I will compare two poems from the 19th century "song" By Christina Rossetti and "Ozymandias" by P.B Shelly which have two completely opposite views on death and how you are remembered after it. "Song" by Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894, is about her expressing her humble view on death to someone close, such as a lover, and her simplicity about wanting to be remembered. On the other hand "Ozymandias" by P.B Shelley, 1792 - 1822, is about an Egyptian king who has opposing views to Rossetti on death and therefore wants to beat time in order to be remembered. In the poem Ozymandias, the poet is telling us about a meeting with a "Traveller from an antique land." Shelly uses the idea of time and distance in the first line to make the poem seem timeless. The poem then is told from the traveller's perspective. The traveller tells the poet about a statue in the desert of an ancient king and how the statue has simply corroded away over time and left merely rubble. This idea is conveyed from lines "Two vast and trunk less legs of stone" and "near them, on the sand half sunk a shattered visage lies." ...read more.


The language used in both poems is chosen specifically to demonstrate each poet's views on death. In song Rossetti uses natural language such as " Cypress tree" "Dewdrops" and "nightingale" which reflect her views that death is natural. The poet uses the natural language to show to the reader the simplicity of life and death. This is also a very humble choice of words much like Rossetti's outlook on death and how simplistic and modest she is and hopes everyone she leaves behind moves on, forgets about her and moves on with their lives. In "Ozymandias" Shelley uses old, dramatic language from the first line " I net a traveler from an antique land" which creates an impression of and time and space. The writer also specifically chooses the word " Visage" instead of face, as it is an old word "Visage" so Shelley highlights to the reader how old the statue is. Shelley also uses the word "Colossal" for specific effect, as a historical reference to the Colossus of Rhodes, which illustrates an effective image of a giant and old building to the reader. Shelley's use of alliteration in the phrases "boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch" shows the deep desolation of the area and another reference to how much time have passed since Ozymandias lived. ...read more.


She does not want her lover to put roses on her grave or sing songs for her as she will never hear or see those things for she will already be dead. And she is fine with that she has accepted her fate and feels that she could welcome death with open arms and without fear of being forgotten. After reading them both you have more respect and like Rossetti better as a person as she is more modest and humble contrary to Ozymandias who feels he is so important he has to make a monument to himself to be remembered after death. But I feel more sympathy towards Ozymandias as he could never accept his fate or over overcome his fear for death. I feel sympathy towards him for how na�ve he was and how narrow minded for thinking that he could defeat time but now he is just laughed upon for thinking somebody as insignificant as himself could ever be remembered forever against time, and how he never came to terms with death or graced it but was foolish enough to think that being remembered means anything and that death comes to us all and one day we will all be forgotten. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abigail Baxendale R10 ...read more.

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